Members of the Founding Fathers Group
Portrait from the National Portrait Gallery, London
1785-1788 * President of Pennsylvania
1765-1779 * USA Minister to France
1775-1776 * USA Postmaster General
Writer + Publisher + Printer
Humorist + Essayist + Journalist
Scientist + Inventor + Ambassador + Negotiator
Free-thinker + Visionary
Architect and Guide of the American Revolution
a.k.a. Benjamin Josiah Franklin
dematerialization 17-Apr-1790 (age 84)
"The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance."
Inventor + Diplomat + Printer + Writer + Revolutionary + Free-Thinker * 1706-1790 * Benjamin Franklin
birth data from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin * tentatively rectified by BP Lama Jyotishavidya
charts + graphs + tables = produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama
astrodatabank.com quotes: "christened on the Sunday of the morning that he was born" . Time of birth: Knowing the Sunday Service customs of the day, it can be conjectured that he was born near noon with enough lead time that the family could tidy up for Church. Franklin's family was very large with many sibling helpers and they were accustomed to producing babies. It may have been a standard family task to swaddle Yet, another new baby and get it promptly to the sacristy .
Agneya * Riksya * Karthika * Alcyone
For Krittika births of a masculine valence, the condition of radiant, romantic, intelligent, creative, idealistic, central, confident, gaming, self-reflexive, pitrikaraka Surya may considerably affect the outcome.
For those born into the splendidly Surya-ruled paradigm of Riksya, father-figures, politicians, celebrity, royalty, entitled roles, brilliant dramatists, radiant deities, sparkling genius, glittering creativity, intelligentsia, speculators, poets, romantic lovers, gamblers, and game-players may be especially influential.
Instructional guidance provided by emissaries from the civilizations of the Pleyades. Their purpose is confidence-raising and light-bringing in creative pursuit of values fulfillment.
Agneya-born gentlemen are often found in politics, in gambling and speculation, or in creative finance. Natural dramatists, Riksya-born are brightly idealistic and self-directed seekers of attention.
Mesha pada 1 represents nakshatra-pati Surya's empowerment in romance and celebrity entitlements. In the rashi of Champion Mangala, sparkling Surya asserts radiant genius. Typically pada 1 are dramatists, politicians, royalty, celebrity, creative artists, and unique charismatic figures.
Vrishabha-Urisha-pada-2-3-4 express the tension between two-party bargainer Zukra versus one-party autocratic singular nakshatra-pati Surya. Often the intelligence of pada 2-3-4 is focused into the Values-fulfilling sectors of banking and finance, natural resource conservation, music, wines and perfumes, arts, and beauty. Depending on Yogakaraka Shani ruler of 9+10, the Vrishabha pada of Krittika have a stronger propensity toward government positions.
Themes of self-importance, individual entitlement, creativity, and confidence may contextualize Krittika's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Krittika-Pleyades
QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 80
"A proud, dignified, and honorable person
He is very ambitious and eager for power
He has an innate sense of the importance of his destiny .
He expects everything to come to him as his due
"BenFranklinDuplessis " by Joseph-Siffrein Duplessis - http://www.npg.si.edu/exh/brush/ben.htm . Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
The eldest son of Way to Wealth 1706-1790 printer ambassador Benjamin Franklin was born out of wedlock, and given to foster parents until the child was an older toddler. When Franklin's second child was born into an acknowledged union, the first child was restored to the family. Later this child became a dominant political figure William Franklin governor of New Jersey (Chandra activates 5-politics and 5 contains uttama-Guru) and as a staunch royalist also a virulent enemy of his Revolutionary father. As governor, William issued a warrant for his father Ben's arrest on suspicion of sedition.
Way to Wealth 1706-1790 printer ambassador Benjamin Franklin * Zukra-yuti-Mangala * repeatedly beseeched to accept governance authority in the revolutionary regime, Franklin repeatedly declined. He was much more interested in theoretical and philosophical matters, and he enjoyed traveling back and forth to Britain as a free agent without a limiting formal agenda. He did much governance work behind the scenes (12th). Franklin provided values-based principled guidance to most of the Early American leaders (10). However, he was 30-40 years elder to most of them and his patronage (9) was fatherly (9).
Way to Wealth 1706-1790 printer ambassador Benjamin Franklin * Vriddhi-pati-11 nichha-Shani-2 creates a substantial Dhana-Yoga, and artha ruler of 2 in 10 suggests that the collected assets involve governance work. Yet nichha-Shani indicates that the work is demanding and the family of origin (2) is not supportive. Therefore, one begins with no capitalization (2) from the family coffers. It is a yoga of self-made wealth via determination and hard work with regular delays and much resistance compounded by the rulers of 4, 6, and 7 residing in bhava-11. Franklin was a prime mover of the Commonwealth of the new American Republic. He dealt with angry, blaming, intractable (Mesha-Shani) people and developed community organizations of Shani-survival and resistance such as fire-fighting brigade. In the end he died a wealthy man and left a legacy of open cross-Atlantic trade with former British enemies as well as stronger inter-trading links between the mutually suspicious and blaming individual confederated states.
Way to Wealth 1706-1790 printer ambassador Benjamin Franklin had Surya-11 ruling bhava-6 with no graha in 6 and Surya-yuti-Budha. He was a businessman who offered to help the new American Republic to negotiate the end to the enduring Revolutionary War. After the end of the war, many trade agreements were broken, and bridges burned; Franklin volunteered to restore the relationships. In the context of problematic, war-driven detente he also made commercial connections of immediate value to his own business. Whenever there was a need to repair broken relationships, Franklin was the first choice... also Simha = his 7th-from-Chandra agreements. Conditions of war, disputes, treachery, broken promises, betrayal, exploitation and injustice served to enhance his economic gainfulness it is true but the war hostilities remained throughout his lifetime. And while he died a quite wealthy man, his marital troubles never ceased.
Way to Wealth 1706-1790 printer ambassador Benjamin Franklin served (6) the economic system of the new American Republic (11) at a time of violent divorce between the American colony and its master-partner Great Britain in conditions of blaming, accusation, exploitation and greed. Because Franklin was willing to work with the angry, aggrieved victims-6 (mainly British merchants whose contracts had been guaranteed by the Crown) he was able not only to restore the post-war flow of trade but also to improve his personal economic situation.
Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha calendar
Rahu Mahadasha * age birth until age 4
17-Jan-1706 Earth-birth in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British America * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra lagnesha
Guru Mahadasha * age 4 until age 20
1718 (BJF age 12) apprenticed to his older brother James, a Boston printer. James was a harsh boss but at the same time Franklin learned a lifetime trade + began publishing essays. * Guru-Budha bhukti * Budha activates 7-profession and Budha activates 4-foundational schooling
1721 (BJF age 16) fled the bonded servitude of the apprenticeship and moved to Philadelphia working as a printer * Guru-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rogesha mistreatment + lagnesha identity
1722 (BJF age 16) Franklin becomes a vegetarian * Guru-Chandra bhukti * Chandra activates 3-mental habits
1724 (BJF age 18) emigrated to London, where he again found work as a printer * Guru-Rahu chidradasha
1725 (BJF age 20) in London, published his first pamphlet "A Dissertation on Liberty & Necessity, Pleasure and Pain" * Guru-Rahu chidradasha
Shani Mahadasha * age 20 until age 39
1726 (BJF age 20) return to Philadelphia * Shani-Shani svabhukti
1727 (BJF age 21) Suffered the first of many attacks of pleurisy * Shani-Shani svabhukti * begin Sade-Sati
1730 (BJF age 24) Franklin's shop chosen as the official government printer for British colonial Pennsylvania * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha printing
1730 celebrated the birth of child-1 William * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha putra-pati
Sep-1730 (BJF age 24) common-law cohabitation document signed with Philadelphia woman Deborah Read. DR's mother owned Franklin's boarding house + BJF worked for DR's father. DR was legally married to a disappeared husband = legally not free to marry BJF. The document = pre-emptive protection against bigamy * Shani-Budha bhukti
1731 joins Freemasons * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha-9 congregation
1732 celebrated the birth of child-2 Francis * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha putra-pati
1734 (BJF age 28) elected Grand Master of Grand Lodge of Free-Masonry of Pennsylvania * Shani-Zukra bhukti * Zukra lagnesha + Zukra activates Thula 10th navamsha
1736 (BJF age 30) death of child-2 from smallpox * Shani-Surya bhukti * Surya activates 12th-from-5
1742 (BJF age 36) invented the Franklin Stove, which is still used in some American rural fireplaces * Shani-Rahu bhukti
1743 (BJF age 37) celebrated the birth of child-3, daughter Sally. She would be BJF's loyal aide throughout life * Shani-Guru chidradasha
16-Jan-1745 (BJF age 39) grieved the decease of father Josiah Franklin * Shani-Guru chidra-dasha * Guru activates pitrimaraka 2nd-from-9th and 12th-from-Surya
Budha Mahadasha * age 39 until age 56
1748 (BJF age 42) BJF takes a business partner who manages daily affairs, while BJF pursues his scientific interests. BJF continues to earn from his shop + his numerous franchise shops * Budha-Ketu bhukti * Ketu-7 disengaged partnership
08-May-1752 (BJF age 46) grieved the decease of mother Abiah Folger Franklin * Budha-Surya bhukti * Surya activates 7th-from-Chandra
1753 (BJF age 47) reputation increased = published the discovery of how to install lightning rods on large and small buildings * Budha-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-10 reputation rules 3-publications
1753 (BJF age 47) becomes Postmaster General for British America * Budha-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-10 government rules 3-letters
1759 (BJF age 53) awarded honorary doctorate from St Andrews University * Budha-Guru bhukti * Guru activates 11 awards for work accomplished
1759 (BJF age 53) moves semi-permanently to England, although he continues to make visits to the USA + accepts short-term governance roles * Budha-Shani chidradasha * Shani-12 distant lands
30-Apr-1762 (BJF age 56) Awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Law from Oxford University. * Budha-Shani chidradasha * Shani activates 10 public honors
Ketu Mahadasha * age 56 until age 63
Oct-1764 (BJF age 58) lost his elected seat (happily) in the Pennsylvania Assembly. Abandoning his family, BJF quietly returned to London * Ketu-Chandra bhukti * Chandra activates 12th-from-4th = loss of local anchor
1766 (BJF age 60) sold his famed printing business to longtime partner, thus cutting the final tie to Philadelphia * Ketu-Rahu bhukti
Zukra Mahadasha * age 65 until age 84
1773 (BJF age 67) The Hutchinson Letters BJF's discovery and disclosure of this correspondence (in London) between colonial governors effectively started the American Revolution * Zukra-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-10 governance rules-3 letters
16-Dec-1774 (BJF age 68) grieved the decease of wife Deborah Read in Philadelphia. BJF did not return from London for her funeral * Zukra-Chandra bhukti * Chandra activates 12th-from-7th-from-Chandra
1775 (BJF age 69) former postmaster Franklin manages the Revolutionary committee to conduct secret correspondence with foreign powers * Zukra-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-10 governance rules-3 letters
1783 (BJF age 77) negotiated the Treaty of Paris that finally ended the USA Revolutionary War (1775-83) * Zukra-Shani bhukti * Shani karmesha authority * Shani-12 distant lands
1787 (BJF age 81) delegate to USA Constitutional Convention * Zukra-Budha bhukti * Budha activates 5-politics
17-Apr-1790 (BJF age 84) dematerialization via pleurisy, in Philadelphia * Zukra-Mangala bhukti * Mangala maraka rules Ketu-7
later-life portrait of Benjamin Franklin in the Smithsonian collection
Benjamin Franklin by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, c1777
Distinctive features of the nativity |
Dad = Josiah Franklin, an English-born Boston tradesman + tithingman in the Congregationalist Church Surya in bhava-9. The father of 17 children by two wives, Dad was known to have been patronizing and self-righteous in character. Karako bhavo nashto
Dad worked as a fabric dyer in England. He switched to making soap and candles when he moved to Boston age 25. Family observers recalled that dad wanted young Benjamin to be a religious minister, but instead dad took BJF our of school after only two years and indentured BJF to an elder brother who was a printer.
Surya in bhava-9 bandhesha in 6th-from-4th indicates a strong-willed father who would have been mainly concerned with his roles in household parenting (4) and social respect Surya-Makara-Draco at church (9).
CAREER - SURYA
a new country, based in new principles
Surya ruler of 4-settlement located in 9-ideology
BJF helped to lay the foundation for the huge growth of European cultural settlement in USA .
bhava-9 * doctrine * fortune * wisdom * philosophy * theory * global perspective
In a time of intolerantly sectarian catechism, BJF was an advocate of common sense in lieu of received truth.
Although open to listening to various ethical arguments, BJF was not an adherent of any particular sacred teaching nor any fixed political doctrine or any specific scientific ideology.
CAREER - CHANDRA
"The good or ill hap
of a good or ill life
is the good or ill choice
of a good or ill wife" (Ben Franklin's letter to his son William, on the topic of marriage)
In the masculine nativity, Zukra-yuti-Mangala suggests bisexuality ++ two life-partners
BJF had marital problems, but home-avoidance was easy and divorce was never necessary. Since BJF was never legally married, he had no concern with divorce.
In 1723 (BJF age 18) Franklin had proposed marriage to DR. His suit was rejected by Deborah's mother (not by Deborah). BJF then left and worked in England for three years during which time he failed to communicate with Deborah. Ketu in classroom-7
Following her mother's wishes, DR had married another available suitor. She was swiftly abandoned by her first husband, who also absconded with her dowry and fled to Barbados. Due to the bigamy laws of the day, DR could not remarry without showing clear evidence that her husband was dead. Conclusive proof of his decease proved impossible to obtain.
In their common-law marriage, Deborah Read was loyal to BJF by all accounts. Yet, observers commented the BJF was not entirely loyal to her. The mother of his second and third children, she also raised Franklin's first son William -- who in all likelihood was in truth her biological son. She helped diligently in the printing shop and kept a welcoming house. Deborah was often ill. BJF enjoyed frequent, extended travels.
6/8 shad-ashtakya angles from Chandra-Kumbha
CAREER - MANGALA
Mula-Mangala in bhava-8 activates 7-diplomacy ++ 12-distant lands
The constitutional government (10) established by BJF and Founding Fathers was articulated in a principled fashion which left room for interpretation (Mangala activates -2) and transformation (Zukra-rules-8). Predominantly, and as a vigorous response to the overthrow of rulership by hereditary royalty, BJF's vision required that the government support a free economic system (Mangala activates 11) rather than the economic system be used primarily to support the government (10 = 12th-from-11th).
the principles of social governance which BJF helped to formulate, write, and publish in the 1770's did provide the basis for a soon-to-follow explosion of American goods, services, inventions, and ideas.
Indeed, by diverse application of these innovative principles, the USA showed what was really "new" about the New World (Mangala pioneer).
CAREER - BUDHA
Budha in bhava-9 talks about principles, convictions, beliefs
Budha occupies 6th-from-4th = adversarial to the established customs
Budha Businessman - both constrained by Shani and empowered by Rahu
Way to Wealth 1706-1790 printer ambassador Benjamin Franklin Rahu drishti into Budha-9 vidyapati ++ bandesha Surya.
BJF eschewed government office in order to retain his creative empowerments.
Consistent with the weakened bandesha Surya ++ empowered Krittika-Rahu-1, BJF was largely unimpeded by the moral conventions of his day.
At no time did Franklin endanger his own commercial-financial interests. He took a commission from negotiated deals.
BJF is remembered as an independent literary figure with a uniquely personalized (5) lifestyle.
However behind-the-scenes (Shani-12) he shepherded the financial arrangements of the fledgling nation, obtaining loans from England and France, all dealings authorized but invisible and conducted autocratically according to BJF's own style.
CAREER - GURU
Generous Guru activates the literary advertising publicity oriented Meena-11 = 3rd from Budha
Uttama-Guru-3 suggests substantial financial well-being via writing-printing-documentation-publishing.
Franklin's Autobiography is an American perennial favorite, having remained in print for nearly 225 years + consistently taught in American university literature classes.
Guru ruler of 11 suggests BJF's ability to profit from the aphorisms which he snatched from the folk wisdom of the local farmers (Karkata).
BJF's eldest son was notoriously difficult, even life-threatening toward his father. His first child was born out of wedlock in approximately 1730, and to this day no scholar has been able to identify the child's mother. However, scholars speculate that William's mother was likely none other than Deborah Read who while married to another man, became Franklin's life-companion. Young William first became Ben's business partner and confidante, then later William developed into a bitter political adversary.
a remarkable feature of the Franklin family line is the impetuous production of children born outside of marriage. Not only was Benjamin Franklin the father of illegitimate William, but William himself father of an illegitimate son named Temple (mother unknown) and finally Temple himself fathered an illegitimate daughter (mother known).
Guru the secretive randhresha indicates multiplicative creativities. uttama-Guru-Karkata's ruler Chandra-Kumbha indicates his imaginative (12) engagement with the then-beginning Age of Kumbha. His inventions and improvements included:
bifocals, lightning rod, library chair, swim fins, the long reach device, Franklin Stove, urinary catheter, and Daylight Savings Time. Franklin discovered and mapped the Atlantic Ocean Gulf Stream, many properties of Storms and Lightning, and other arcane items -- all of which he shared for free (declining all patents)
For each invention-or-improvement, Franklin published its complete drawings, plans, and materials (uttama-Rahu-3 publication of unusual messages).
CAREER - ZUKRA
Suave Zukra activates Thula 10th navamsha containing uttamsha-Shani leadership
Suave Zukra activates Karakamsha bhava-6 illness, conflict, war
Shani * duro-karaka (endurance) * jara-karaka (years)
Atmakaraka = Governance, insitutions, sobriety, respect for elders, systems, science
CAREER - SHANI
nichha-Shani-12 = inimical to marriage
Vriddhi-pati-11 creates a substantial Dhana-Yoga, but the work is demanding and the family of origin is not supportive Therefore, one begins with no capitalization from the family coffers. It is a yoga of self-made wealth via determination and hard work with regular delays and much resistance.
Shani-Meza * nichha occupies the emotionally talkative, communicative cohort evangelical instructional team-working administrative managerial announcing publishing reporting explanatory conversational lyrical messaging 3rd-from-Chandra
BJF had numerous siblings. As a youngster, Ben was sent by his parents to work as an indentured servant in his elder brother's printing business in Boston. Having quickly learned basic printing skills, and feeling abused by his exploitive brother, BJF broke his indenture and escaped to Philadelphia while still a teenager.
Many years later he repaired relations with his parents, but never forgave his punishing elder brother.
bhava-11 = elder siblings (generally) ruled by Mangala-8
Ketu in classroom-7 breaks contracts
Rahu * rajyalobha-karaka (ambition) * picchala-karaka (slippery)
CAREER - RAHU
Zukra-10 rules Rahu-3
BJF hailed from a long line of shopkeeper-tradesmen. He engaged in lifelong defense of the middle class against the financially privileged Penn family that owned title to most of Pennsylvania. Indicates a professional leadership life full of documents, scholarly commercial and political, specifically his self-owned printing business. Also his nice handwriting :)
Ketu * * kavandha-karaka (headless) * chidra-karaka (gaping) * vasana-karaka (vacuum)
CAREER - KETU
BJF travelled frequently to Britain and France. Disregarding (Ketu) the customs of the day, he was known to have had extramarital romantic interests specifically in England, where he resided on-and-off for years.
BJF was an exceptionally non-dogmatic writer, displaying a level of humorous neutrality rather rare in his ideologically contentious era.
This delightful aberration is due probably to the strength of articulatory Budha and corresponding weakness of lowest-common-denominator Shani, along with Ketu-9 dispersion of catechism and dogma. Notably, BF advised his son that older women [Shani] make better partners, despite the popular beliefs being quite the contrary.
Weakness when manageable presents opportunities for growth.
Ketu-Vrizchika * the emotionally dignified , social-ordering, leadership-seeking; 10th-from-Chandra contains Ketu, suggesting his lifetime reluctance (indeed refusal) to hold elected or appointed public office -- despite his popularity with other leaders and generally with the public
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